When a White Horse Is Not a Horse

When a White Horse Is Not a Horse

by Ethan James Kaplan


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In 1984, three Royal Hong Kong Police Force inspectors investigate a murder on the set of a major action film. When one inspector goes missing, the commissioner forbids them to pursue the case any further, but eventually they uncover a connection between the triads, the film industry, and elements of the colonial government.

In 2014, a disaffected Londoner returns to Hong Kong to discover the truth about his long-missing father, who was one of the inspectors on the Lucky Stone case. Following the instructions of a cryptic monk with some connection to both the triads and the police force, he infiltrates a suspiciously well-connected investment fund in exchange for information about his father’s fate.

Set in Hong Kong in 1984 and 2014, When a White Horse Is Not a Horse is cross-cultural mystery—a blend of detective fiction, history, and homage to Hong Kong Cinema. The novel jumps back and forth between two parallel timelines, allowing the reader to piece together the mystery from twin vantage points.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947021686
Publisher: Unsolicited Press
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Ethan James Kaplan is a playwright and novelist from New York City. He has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Northwestern University and a MFA in Creative Writing from Queens College. Ethan has taught courses on writing, public speaking, and international affairs at Queens College and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Ethan's play "Imitatio" was the winner of the 2017 Birdhouse Prize and was published by Ghostbird Press in 2018, and his play "Speculation" was performed as a staged reading at the Flea Theater in June 2016.

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